The Good Looks fantastic; slimmer and lighter than previous models; very little fan noise; great value for money.
The Bad Cooling fan in power brick; no HDMI cable included; chassis collects fingerprints like nobody's business.
The Bottom Line Microsoft's Xbox 360 Slim offers improvements over its predecessors in every area, with reduced fan noise, a 250GB hard drive and great looks. It's really good value and, with the brilliant selection of HD games available for the platform, we think it's the best console on the market today
Microsoft Xbox 360 Slim
If you'd told us ten years ago that Microsoft would one day be arguably the biggest player in the videogame universe, we'd have kicked you in the shins, and called you a darned liar. But that's the situation we're faced with today.
Following on from the gobsmackingly popular Xbox 360 and Xbox 360 Elite consoles, we have the Xbox 360 Slim model, also known as the Xbox 360 250GB and the Xbox 360 S. It's rocking a slimmed-down chassis and a host of new features, but, priced at around £200, does it solve the problems of previous versions?
Microsoft has given its console's design a pretty radical overhaul, significantly slimming down the tower, which now measures 70 by 270 by 260mm. That's not radically slimmer that the original 360, which was 83mm wide, but shaving off a few centimetres all over really makes a difference. This console will slot into the Tetris-like array of home-entertainment gadgets under your telly with considerably more ease than previous versions.
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